Can Jaime I n'Isabelle

Special Prize Winner - Category: Feeling at Home

Can Jaime i n Isabelle; Brick Award 2020 Special Prize Winner; Category "Feeling at Home"; Architects: TedA Arquitectes; Photo:  TedA Arquitectes
© TedA Arquitectes
Can Jaime i n Isabelle; Brick Award 2020 Special Prize Winner; Category "Feeling at Home"; Architects: TedA Arquitectes; Photo:  TedA Arquitectes
© TedA Arquitectes

Key facts

Can Jaime I n'Isabelle

Architects   TEd'A arquitectes, Palma/Spain

Location   Palma, Spain

Construction period   2014 - 2018

Nomination category   Feeling at Home

Purpose   Single-family housing

Brick type   Clay blocks, facing bricks, paving bricks



 

About the project

Located on a gently sloping hillside, this single-family house in Mallorca interprets the classic type of courtyard house in a contemporary manner. In the models that TEd'A arquitectes refer to, architecture is built upon a square, without having to strictly and dogmatically follow geometry. Sealed off from the outside for the most part, the classic courtyard houses reveal a variety of spaces, paths, plants, closed, open, and covered places: arcades, porches, terraces. TEd'A arquitectes also use this type to fit the house into the landscape: Stones of the property are integrated in the outer concrete walls; with the green roofs, the house becomes a part of the cultural landscape that is carried forward with it.

The construction design and the building materials are applied with great directness and coordinated so that the interior spaces look like outdoor spaces pulled inwards - and the other way around. The walls are made of bricks, partly out of clay bricks. They are painted white in the interiors; in the exterior spaces their bright, reddish earth tone is slightly softened with slurry, so that the craftsmanship communicated does not disappear, but also does not come to the fore in a dominant way.

“Tradition passes on secular knowledge from generation to generation.
Let's try to make the most of it and take it to a higher level.” 

Clarity and diversity, the eye for the beautiful detail and for the house as a whole have been combined here with great empathy.